Book Review: Venetia by Georgette Heyer

I received a free copy of Penguin Random House UK Audio’s new audiobook recording of ‘Venetia’ by Georgette Heyer from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you NetGalley and Penguin!  ‘Venetia’ is the story of the 25 year old titular heroine who’s spent her whole life in seclusion on her family’s estate inContinue reading “Book Review: Venetia by Georgette Heyer”

Book Review: How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

I received a free copy of the audiobook of ‘How to Kill Your Family’ from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so thank you NetGalley! Unfortunately, my request was granted on the day of publication, so it’s a little late. ‘How to Kill Your Family’ is less alarming than it sounds, but it’s stillContinue reading “Book Review: How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie”

They think it’s all over: football v. sexism

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
And they’re off! As we move into the Season of Endless Televised Sport (this year centring on the month-long FIFA World Cup), some men have started their own competition to find the Most Unconvincing Reason Why We Shouldn’t Have To Listen To Women Talking About Football. I’m tempted…

That’s (Really) Not All, Folks!

A while ago, an article in The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine annoyed me so much I started a list. Said article claimed: “It’s time to appreciate [animation’s] wonders.” And then proceeded to list mainstream commercial hits by well-known studios. Of the 14 films recommended, for example, seven were Disney or Pixar. Of only three animeContinue reading “That’s (Really) Not All, Folks!”

Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

I was given a free copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. That was back in August. I finally finished Seven Devils at literally the eleventh hour on New Year’s Eve 2020. That kind of sums up my main issue with the book. I just didn’t enjoy it. IContinue reading “Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam”

Men behaving inappropriately

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
In Britain we are currently in the grip of an epidemic of something called ‘inappropriate behaviour’.  Stories about this worrying disease were all over this week’s newspapers. The Sun reported that Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green had been accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour towards a woman 30 years his…

On banter, bonding and Donald Trump

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
In my last post I argued that gossip–personal, judgmental talk about absent others–is not the peculiarly female vice our culture would have us believe. Both sexes gossip. But one common form of male gossip, namely sexualised talk about women, is made to look like something different, and more…

Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands is delightful. It’s a funny but heartwarming deconstruction of popular fantasy and Magic School stories and tropes, like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s also bursting with witty banter, social commentary and memorable characters. Characters like Elliot, our protagonist and viewpoint character, who’s whisked away from his indifferent father andContinue reading “Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan”

The Problem With Melanie

[Warning for Spoilers for Season One of Snowpiercer.] Snowpiercer is a great show. I loved the concept – the last remnants of humanity clinging to existence on a massive train during a deadly ice age – even if it is bonkers. The visuals are arresting and (to my untrained eye) the special effects are good.Continue reading “The Problem With Melanie”